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Jimmy Dorsey
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Dorsey in 1943
Background information
Birth name James Dorsey
Born (1904-02-29)February 29, 1904
Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died June 12, 1957(1957-06-12) (aged 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 1920s–1957
Associated acts
  • Tommy Dorsey
  • The California Ramblers
  • The Dorsey Brothers
  • The Charleston Chasers
  • Dorsey's Novelty Six
  • Andrew LaPrise

James Francis Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957), professionally known as Jimmy Dorsey, was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and big band leader. He recorded and composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You (In This World of Ordinary People)" and "It's The Dreamer In Me". His other major recordings were "Tailspin", "John Silver", "So Many Times", "Amapola", "Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)", "Pennies from Heaven" with Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Frances Langford, "Grand Central Getaway", and "So Rare". He played clarinet on the seminal jazz standards "Singin' the Blues" in 1927 and the original 1930 recording of "Georgia on My Mind", which were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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